Our Story

Scenic Art In 1994, Joseph Forbes founded Scenic Art Studios, which has become the premier scene painting studio for Broadway shows. The company has painted more than 350 Broadway productions, including such shows as Beetlejuice, The Prom, Carousel, School of Rock, Dirty Dancing, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Band's Visit. Joe is not only the founder of Studios, but the hands-on Charge Artist leading and overseeing his team in all projects. Passionate about what he does, Forbes continually strives to set the bar higher in the scenic painting industry. Scenic Art Studios has developed a reputation for artistic excellence by employing some of the finest artists from the United Scenic Artists Local 829. We are proud to offer the highest level of craftsmanship in all fields of scenic art.  


We create backdrops and sculptures in our 15,000 sq. foot studio located in Newburgh. NY, as well as painting, built scenery for multiple production companies across the Tri-State area. Specializing in theatrical painting, we also work with multiple production shops in the Northeast painting the sets and installations they construct for film, television, and specialty venues. Be it softgoods, sculpture, scenery, onsite work calls, or murals, we have the crew to fit your needs. Now 25 years later, during the heart of the season say September to March we may have 50 scenic artists working in seven (7) different locations.  

History of Building

The building was built in the 1830s as the Newburgh Steam Mill, manufacturing cloth. The mill housed 17,000 spindles and employed over 300 workers. By the 20th century, the steam mill factory shut down and was relocated. In 1881 the building housed Coldwell Lawnmower Co. The first lawnmower ever constructed in this country was built by Mr. Thomas Coldwell. Through the years, the building changed over to the Regal Bag Corporation, created by the company Licht and Kaplan. Regal Bag started in the handbag business with cutting patterns, assembling handbags and distributing to major retailers.

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